At the Vive Developer Conference 2017 event in China earlier today, HTC made a couple of important announcements. The first announcement was mainly of interest to developers, Vive Wave, an open platform and toolset optimised for VR development for high performance mobile devices was launched. The second announcement was of the Vive Focus, HTC's highly anticipated premium standalone VR headset. It will be released in China only, at least initially, and runs games/apps built on the Vive Wave VR open platform.

HTC's Vive Focus is said to be the first premium standalone VR headset. Central to its proposition is being powerful enough to deliver premium VR experiences, and doing so without the need for wires or external tracking stations. Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive put it this way: "with the new VIVE Focus, we are excited to bring high quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor."